Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Emily DeJeu says

    @ LyndaH — that’s awesome! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had no idea such a thing existed. Thanks for enlightening me! 🙂

    @ Joanna — fantastic that you were able to stay the course and cure the nighttime pacifier habit!! But the daytime part does sound rough. Would you update us when you do figure out a solution for that? I know there are loads of parents who will be very curious to hear your strategy 🙂

    Thanks for commenting!

    @ Astrid Bannister — glad this tip worked for you! Makes sense – if a baby never falls asleep with a pacifier, then she can’t form a strong sleep association, so there’s never a painful weaning process later.

    Thanks for sharing, Astrid! 🙂

    @ Ashley and @ Kirstyn – good thinking! Clips keeps the pacifier and loves from rolling right out of the crib 😉 Thanks to both of you for sharing!

    @ Erika – hope you found those weaning tips helpful! There’s no way to make the weaning process any easier, but you *can* make it less painful and prolonged utilizing some of those tips. Best of luck to you! 🙂

    @ Sarah Busby — I think Joanna’s right in pointing out that your daughter isn’t necessarily too young, and that starting the weaning now will actually be easier (probably) than waiting until she’s a toddler. Toddlers tend to be stubborn! 😉 And speaking of @ Joanna — thanks so much for chiming in and helping Sarah! Love it so much when we see moms helping moms 🙂

    @ Lisa — you make a good point, but I think we have to remember that the *when* of weaning is deeply personal, and varies from family to family. Some families are ready to wean off the pacifier quite early (during the newborn stage, even), while other families choose to (or sometimes need to) wait until much later. Same for night feedings, for swaddling, for co-sleeping — the timelines look really different from family to family! I see this tip as being useful for families who, for whatever reason, don’t want to start the wean yet, but who do want to maximize night sleep. It’s not a ‘forever’ solution, obviously (I doubt Hint Dad will be sneaking into his daughter’s college dorm and sprinkling pacifiers around her bed! 😉 ), but it’s a good quick fix.

    Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

  2. Lisa says

    Huh? Too young to take away a pacifier? There are plenty of other ways to console a child. (Pacifiers are only artificial breasts, after all!)

    As for this tip, it seems like rather a complicated way to avoid weaning off the pacifier. This is coming from the mother of a child who wouldn’t take one, though, so perhaps that’s just jealousy speaking.

  3. Joanna says

    Hi Sarah – yes we totally had the same problem at 4 months. It was awful, because I knew I was going to have to do something, aka: take it away and deal with crying and the inner-mumma-torture that listening to your sweet pea cry causes. I was so scared to do it actually, that I waited until my son was 5.5 months old and I was a complete psychological mess. If you do choose to also take it away, please know that the other side of it is so so so so much better. My opinion on your question of if she is too young – I don’t think she is too young, as she was able to form the habit, and so can form another of not needing it. As a matter of fact, I’m realizing that they are SO adaptable when they are that age. My son is now 18 months and already is less adaptable and holds on longer when trying to wean him off things. Good luck Sarah!

  4. Sarah Busby says

    We are having this problem right now with my daughter who is just 4 months old. We are waking several times throughout the night to replace the paci. For naps its the same thing. She will wake after 30 minutes and I run in her room to replace it and normally she will then fall back to sleep. Sometimes I have to replace it during nap time several times to get her to take a longer nap. My question is…is she too young to try and get her to sleep without it? Or should we just keep replacing it until she is able to do so herself? I never know if babies are too young to do something like this. Anyone else have this issue this young?

  5. Erika says

    We did something similar to this. After our son would keep waking up looking for his pacifier during the night we started giving him two pacifiers. Problem solved… but now we are trying to wean him off two pacifiers and not just one! Ha Ha. Going to read the weaning tips now 🙂

  6. Kirstyn says

    We have my bub’s attached to his little cuddle lion. Sometimes I go in and he’s just cuddling the lion and other times he has the dummy in his mouth. I sewed two clips onto it myself do I can take them off and change them or wash his very stinky lion! He can always find it himself though…

  7. Ashley says

    We use a pacifier clip -attached to her sleepers. She knows that it’s attached to her and has no problem finding it in the night!

  8. Astrid Bannister says

    Best tip I ever came across from a book by a British author, Gina Ford – DONT LET THEM FALL ASLEEP WITH THE PACIFIER. Take it away from them after 5-7 mins, just before they are completely out and then they don’t wake up missing it as they haven’t actually been sleeping with it – it worked amazingly for our little girl I didm’t go in once to ‘replace’ it, and because she ‘had’ a pacifier, she also never sucked her thumb – Win, win!

  9. Joanna says

    This idea sounds great! My 18 month old would be one of the toddlers chucking those things out as soon as we shut the door too, no doubt. We had to bite the bullet when he was 6 months old though, as I was one of those mentioned parents who were getting up 12-16 times per night (NO EXAGGERATION) to replace the pacifier. Needless to say I was on the brink of a mental break down, and yes the 3-4 nights were tough, but ohhhhh I will never regret that decision. Now our problem is day time pacifier usage….in that he’s teething so hardcore that he chews on his pacifiers to the point of chewing right through, making them a choking hazard! And he’s pretty clear that he doesn’t want to chew on anything else. Ah well…it’ll pass.

  10. Lynda H says

    My tip is the glow-in-the-dark pacifier! My daughter never had a hard time finding her pacifier at night, I credit this awesome invention! We use MAM pacifiers.

    • Louise says

      The glowin the dark MAM pacis were a lifesaver for me. I still put multiple in the crib because inevitably one would get jammed under her teddy and she wouldn’t see it.